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"Who among us instantly adores a person we’ve been told we’re sure to love?"

First lines, like first dates, or the first bite of dessert, can be deceptive. As a writer, I distrust them (well: I no longer ‘date’ since I’ve been married 25 years; there are many ways to surprise your husband in print, but this won’t be one of them), and I particularly dislike often-quoted first lines (that shall here go unmentioned) because I’ve been told everyone loves them. Who among us instantly adores a person we’ve been told we’re sure to love?  Ann Beattie wrote about titles, first lines, first impressions at Granta.

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The Oddest Book Title of the Year

Our vote was close, but it's going to Tom Hickman's "God’s Doodle: The Life and Times of the Penis" (Goodreads | Amazon).

1. If you had written this book, how would you open it?

"It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a large penis, must be in want of a wife (or a husband)."

"Happy penises are all alike; every unhappy penis is unhappy in its own way."

"A screaming penis comes across the sky."

"You are about to begin reading Italo Calvino's new novel, If on a winter's night a penis."

"This is the saddest penis I have ever heard."

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